A teenage girl is dead after an apparent suicide jump inside a parking garage at a Connecticut mall.
The New York Post reports that Hailey Nailor, 16, jumped from the fifth floor of a parking garage at the Danbury Fair Mall on Saturday, just after she posted a message on Snapchat about her intent to take her own life.
Danbury Police Detective Mark Williams told the Connecticut Post that officers had responded to reports of a suicidal female teenager on Saturday afternoon. But by the time police arrived, it was already too late.
“As both Mall Security and police units responded to the area of the parking garage, the area the teen was believed to be, the teen had fallen to her death from atop the mall parking garage,” Williams told the newspaper. “Preliminary information indicates that the teen was alone at the time and that the fall was an intentional act.”
Hailey Nailor, 16, jumps to her death after posting Snapchat video😔 https://t.co/qdvA2Haaos
— Beth Joy Papaleo (@BethPapaleo) February 11, 2019
A fellow student at Danbury High School told the Connecticut Post that Nailor had posted a Snapchat video addressing her impending suicide moments before she jumped or fell.
“[S]he recorded herself contemplating if she should go through with it,” Luis Lopez told the news outlet. “She sadly did go through with it.”
Lopez also reportedly said that he had contacted the school principal about screenshots of Snapchat messages that circulated on social media this weekend, purportedly from another female student at the high school, who appeared to be taunting the deceased girl.
“Rest in peace b***h,” reads the message on one of the screenshots that has been shared on social media.
I’m in shock, this beautiful soul was lost today bc of bullying. The fact that anyone would coerce/want someone to commit suicide is beyond me. It’s inhumane & disgusting. R.I.P Hailey Nailor❤️🙏🏼. You will get the justice you deserve. Bianca, you will get what’s coming for you. pic.twitter.com/SzZlbnMdMM
— cam (@camrynnlucas) February 10, 2019
CrimeOnline cannot independently verify the identity of the Snapchat user or the authenticity of the screenshots. The school district appeared to respond to the accusations in a statement obtained by the Connecticut Post.
“We are mindful of hurtful comments that continue to circulate on social media that are directed at our schools and other members of our community, and we continue to cooperate with administrators and local authorities to investigate all of the surrounding circumstances.”
This is a developing story. CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.
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